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An Essay About The Hardships That Women Of Ancient Chinese Society Went Through. Comparison Made Of Life In The 21st Century As Opposed To Life Back Then. Written From A Non Chinese Perspective!

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Women in Traditional Chinese SocietyRoutine… I drag myself up a set of stairs and reach my door, rummage through my bag for my keys, slide one in and once again hear that familiar ‘click’. I haven’t even been able to catch my breath when I am bombarded with requests from my two teenage daughters. “Where is dinner??” “I need money!” “You haven’t even helped me with my school project yet!” “I want to get my nipples pierced”I sigh heavily and roll my eyes. As a single mother working 9-5, I find it so hard to keep up with this demanding lifestyle… Constantly juggling work and family life is very strenuous. I feel the ageing process speeding up against my will, and I can barely recognize the woman in the mirror anymore. After cooking dinner, tidying the house, taking out the garbage and piling up the bills, I tried to eliminate my throbbing headache by massaging my temples.Is this really how I was going to spend the rest of my life? I squirmed at the thought. I couldn’t help but think how easy it must have been for my ancestors; a worry-free, stress-free life in which your responsibilities consisted of running the household and looking pretty. What did the women back in ancient China have to lose sleep over? I contemplated over this question as I got into bed. I drifted off to sleep with these thoughts still circling in my head and the longing to escape from this living nightmare swelling in my heart.In a daze I woke up on a hard and uncomfortable mattress. Where had I fallen asleep?! This was not my $2000 Sealy mattress. I rubbed my eyes and looked around to an unfamiliar sight. I was cooped up in a small, plain room with 3 other women who I had never seen in my life. After I poked the nearest one several times and unsuccessfully woke her, I gave up on the sleeping beauty. Instead I looked outside the window and saw that it was the crack of dawn. I heard roosters crowing and saw endless fields and greenery. This was not Sydney city. At this point anyone would be alarmed. I took a closer look at my surroundings and noticed the plain, mud walls and straw filled mattresses. I shook one of the women in a frenzy of confusion and panic. She awoke with a disgruntled look upon her face and murmured “What are you doing sister? You know that we don’t have to rise until mother commands us to”.In a wave of understanding, it hit me that exactly what I had been dwelling over the previous night had become a reality. I was living in an ancient Chinese society. At this point I was panicky-to say the least. I didn’t know what to do or where to go. I didn’t have much time to consider my options because at that point an old lady walked in and woke up the inhabitants of the room. She looked at me strangely and said “Oh, daughter number 3 you are already awake. Get up and help me start with the days chores and don’t be slack today; we have a lot of work to...

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